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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez rumors: Dodgers interested in Cuban RHP, now clear to sign

The Cuban right-handed pitcher is expected to gain a contract rumored anywhere from $40 million to $60 million, and could sign as early as this week.

Dennis Grombkowski

The Dodgers are still looking to add pitching, and help could come from outside of Major League Baseball. Cuban right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, per reports, and the Dodgers remain interested in the 26-year-old.

Gonzalez was cleared on Monday by the U.S. government, per Jesse Sanchez of, who says a deal for Gonzalez could happen in the next week.

Several teams watched Gonzalez is a pair of outings in Mexico, and the bidding for the right-hander could reach anywhere from $40 to $60 million. Since Gonzalez is older than 23 and has more than three years of experience in Cuba, his signing will not count against the international spending cap.

"It remains unclear whether the Dodgers, or any team, will offer more than $42 million, the Dodgers' winning bid for Puig," wrote Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "However, other teams are wary of the Dodgers, backed by a new $8.5-billion television contract."

It is unknown whether or not Gonzalez would pitch for the Dodgers in 2013, though Dylan Hernandez of the Times in June spoke to a scout who said the right-hander could pitch in the majors this season.

Here is video of Gonzalez pitching for the Tijuana Toros on June 28: